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About Coco_Clark

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  1. I had a super bouncy boy. On top of his utter inability to stay still ever, he also had zero interest in book/table learning. So we played through all of kinder (6) the majority of 1st (7) and a good part of 2nd (8) grade. Including: Hopscotch to learn blends and words (put cards in the squares, read then jump). See also hopping, skipping, snail walking, crab walking, tight rope walking, ect. Jumping rope to learn to add, subtract, skip count. See also, throwing or kicking a ball back and forth. ALL math was oral or with blocks for this kid till 3rd grade. Playing h
  2. Yes! Noise cancelling headphones!!! Also, lap desks (or even just trays) for work on their bed. Or loft beds so a workspace can fit under.
  3. The school is never aware, good district or bad district 🙄. In fact, in my experience the "better" the school, the easier to fall through the cracks. I've seen middle schoolers that can't read and no one ever noticed. Or a 4th grader that was getting GOOD grades in math but couldn't add or subtract numbers over 10 because she didn't have enough fingers. That's the hilarious (sad?) part- a lot of the time these kids grades are just fine. Especially the ones that can work the system. My adopted 11 yr old has atrocious vocabulary/ comprehension/ reading skills but tests far above averag
  4. This is similar to mine, except off by two weeks. Our breaks fall end of Dec/early Jan, end of April/early May, and end of Aug/early September. We don't pre-celebrate Christmas or Easter so our breaks don't start more than a week before either. Plus I add a week in the middle of each of those 3 month stints, because my family are better sprinters than long distancers. 😁
  5. We have an odd structure, but it works for us. It's basically 6 weeks on, 1 week off, 6 weeks on, 4 weeks off. We start mid September and our long breaks fall after Christmas, during Holy Week and after Easter, and the end of summer. So 36 weeks of school split into three 12 week semesters. And 15 weeks of break. We did the 6 weeks on, two weeks off schedule for a long time and it worked for a long time, but my kids are getting older and better able to handle long breaks. Those months feel lux. And I've long ago learned any more than 6-7 weeks at a go gets exhausting.
  6. I have several middle schoolers. Boy A, entering 7th grade, is doing Alg 1 this year, which will be followed by Geometry in 8th grade, and Alg 2 in 9th grade. (There is a boy C that will do the same as he's finishing up Beast Academy arithmetic this year in 5th grade). Girl A, also entering 7th grade, is doing MM7 this year, which will be followed by Pre-Al in 8th, and Algebra in 9th. (There is a boy B that will do the same as he's entering 6th grade and has easily two more years of arithmetic). By far I feel like my daughter is on the more conventional path, and honestly I f
  7. I've taught several foster and adopted remedial readers, including a few 10+ kids that could not sound out "cat". And you are correct that most of the time it's simply lack of exposure. I have several tips. First, if they are unwilling to read- get them whatever they WILL be willing to read. I mean, use the highest quality they will accept, but if they are digging in their heels think comic books, graphic novels, junky serials, ect. Give yourself grace to what you need to do. Homeschoolers often have high literary standards (guilty), this isn't the place for them. Second, a
  8. Been there. No need to panic and take them back several grades. Take a deep breath and try again tomorrow. Likely a lot of the information will magically appear again, and the parts that don't will come back faster the second time around. Most math curricula is heavy in review at the beginning of the book for this very reason (and final tests designed to be taken when information is fresh, not after a several months break). But you can look into going year round, too. A lot of us do, and for this very reason!
  9. In my experience a 7th grader does not necessarily need more depth than a 6th grader. Those are very close numbers. In fact, in my home often a younger child is more capable/willing to go to greater depths in any given subject. I would just teach them together (of course expecting output to the best of their individual ability). As for where to start, I'd begin where they have the strongest interest.
  10. Asked on the High school board but not getting any bites. I'm interested in any experiences with Discovering Geometry. Especially in regards to middle school students. I'm considering combining all 3 of my middle school aged kids. One will have completed Beast Academy 5, one Mr D Pre-Al, and one Jacobs Algebra. So they have a mix of Algebra experience among them. All three will likely repeat Geometry in high school so I'm not stressed about it being complete.
  11. I'm looking for Geometry recommendations. Particularly any experience with Jacobs Geometry (we have enjoyed Jacobs Algebra) or Discovery Geometry.
  12. My daughter (12) just completed Teaching Textbooks 6 as well as Math Mammoth 6. We've run both programs, alternating days, for several years now. She does TT in entirety and we do MM topics two days a week mostly so she can prove on paper that she's understanding topics and work on rough spots as needed, though she's needed it very little this past year. Next year she will continue on to Teaching Textbooks 7, then the year after that begin Mr. D Pre-Algebra (I do not teach Algebra, and have switched all my kids to an outside teacher at that time so far). My problem is that she is
  13. How did you all denote classes taken in 8th grade? Id prefer to organize by subject and not year. I was going to use an * to denote classes in progress...
  14. I plan on bringing up Algebra 1 for my son, and Latin for both. Theyve been doing Latin for several years now and I'm just going to call 8th grade Latin 1 and count up from there. I don't know that there's anything else worth carrying over. Maybe logic, if we don't end up repeating it as planned. Possibly a half credit for government, as that's our focus next year and I'm pretty sure we wont repeat that. I definitely plan on recording the entire 8th grade year, I can always remove anything I decide I don't need. Thanks for the mother thread.
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